Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Government Contracts

The Government is amongst the biggest customers for many companies and Government contracts are an unfavorable part of their business equations. A large number of companies are dependent as indirect suppliers to these corporations who ultimately supply to the Government.

Although the Government contracts are large and significant, they come with come some inherent conditions, the most significant of which are

  • Procurement Rules
  • Bidding and Tendering Procedures
  • Pre-Qualification Procedures
  • Export Control Rules
  • Specialized contracts and secrecy agreements
  • Sourcing requirements

The Government contracts through their specialized needs cover a large number of subjects including Taxation Laws, Mergers & Acquisition, Privacy & Data Security, Political Law, and Intellectual Property to name a few.

Keeping in view the unique nature of Government Contracts, we at Empire have built a dedicated team that possesses updated knowledge of these subjects and their importance in Government contracts. We can also help companies in complying with Pre-Qualification requirements to be able to apply for Government contracts.
We encourage companies to contact us about their Government Contract issues to enable us to build customized plans.

Public & Strategic Affairs

Public and Strategic affairs is a highly specialized branch that deals primarily with the interference between law, public policy and public communications, and the services provided include strategic planning, public policy analysis, responses to communications and reputational challenges, congressional investigations and crisis management support.
The Public and Strategic Affairs division deals mostly with issues at the highest level faced by companies including the public reactions on major company decisions, the impact of Government policies on the functioning of the companies and ensure that the public image of the company is positive.
The Public relations of a company and its image can play a decisive role in the present age of social media and reputations can be made or broken in seconds. We at Empire, advising companies on the need for framing business policies, which also indirectly build a positive public image for the company. This can play a major role in the ultimate success of the business for the company.

We encourage you to contact us with your company profile and the desired public policy related function which we can perform for the success of your business.

Gaming

Empire Global Partners, PLLC, and Iruke Legal Inc Government Practice Group in Gaming is an interdisciplinary group of high-profile industry attorneys, accountants, technologists, compliance officers which will offer sophisticated legal, accounting, and compliance services to government clients in the gaming industries.

The Government Practice Group in Gaming is comprised of various international attorneys who have served government regulatory working groups and casino investors as outside counsel and who have helped author, implement, administer and enforce laws that currently govern a particular industry.

The Group is chaired by Lionel Iruk, a nationally-recognized authority in International gaming regulatory compliance.
The Government Practice Group in Gaming is comprised of team members from the firm’s Regulatory, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Tax, Immigration, Compliance, and Licensing practice groups. Our team is chosen for their ability to advise and represent various participants in the global gaming industry, from governments to investors, developers, owners, operators, manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors of goods and services.

Clients

Empire Global Partners have years of experience in a wide range of participants in the gaming industry. We have significant experience advising clients, including casinos and betting owners and operators, advising on the choice of game equipment and software vendors, eSports entities, banks and non-traditional lenders, inspection bodies, financial institutions, payment service providers, private equity investors. We also represent technology providers for online and mobile gaming, sports betting, and multimedia companies who want to coordinate, collaborate, and partner with these emerging players.

Licensing, Findings of Suitability and Approvals

All participation in the gaming industry requires a license or approval from a state regulatory authority and approval by a corporate compliance committee, which issues findings of suitability after conducting background investigations. As a core area of ​​our practice, our Government Practice Gaming team helps clients obtain and maintain licenses and approvals, guide them from the initial application to the license issuing, through the ongoing obligation to update regulators. We provide assistance to clients regarding the procedures for applying for a license, the required documents, checking the documentation as well as during the application process until obtaining a license.

Maintaining Compliance with Regulations

With our professional work in the industry, we interpret the rules of the game and work with regulators to resolve all our clients’ issues quickly and clearly. The team closely monitors any trends and changes in regulatory policy that may be considered.
Our goal is also to identify and address potential issues before they become areas of concern to regulators. Then we develop practical solutions to solve problems that meet the legal requirements. The Gaming practice group can provide extremely reliable risk analysis for the sector in which its clients operate.

Full-Service Capabilities

Our team provides all customer support services in all aspects of the gaming or gaming business. The complex levels of regulatory compliance have made consolidation within the industry an increasingly attractive option. Our years of experience in structuring and regulatory advice allow us to guide clients through all stages of the growth cycle. Our game attorneys manage the entire process to achieve efficiency and help ensure that every aspect of the transaction meets regulatory requirements. Our select team of professionals advises local and federal government clients on a wide range of property issues and executes various project-specific transactions around the world.

White Collar & Investigations

Investigations at the highest levels particularly against senior executives and company policies can be highly damaging for the companies and create Reputational, brand, and litigation risk. We at Empire understand these dangers for major companies and provide sensitive and high-profile internal investigation services for corporate clients and advise clients on how to mitigate any problems which are found.
We conduct internal investigations and defend clients on health care fraud, securities violations, and antitrust violations, as well as the False Claims Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) offenses. We, also advise clients on how to protect themselves from inadvertently committing offenses under these acts.

Broadly our practice in this area covers

  • Internal investigations in companies
  • Obtaining Non-Prosecution agreements and leniency deals
  • Obtaining settlements in major disputes
  • Plea bargaining agreements
  • Assisting clients in Tax, Securities, and Competition Law investigations
  • Developing internal compliance procedures for companies
  • Guidance in forming compliance policies to enable Companies to learn about the legal provisions governing their business
  • Filing statutory compliance

We understand that the possible impacts of White Collar crimes can be massive for companies and as such believe in complete secrecy for your company.

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Empire Global Partners aims to help clients develop blockchain strategies by the laws of the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation in the United States and around the world.

Empire Global Partners, PLLC, and Iruke Legal Inc Government Practice Group in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency is an interdisciplinary group of high-profile industry attorneys, accountants, technologists, compliance officers which will offer sophisticated legal, accounting, and compliance services to government clients in the crypto industries.

The Government Practice Group in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency is comprised of various international attorneys who have served government regulatory working groups and investors as outside counsel and who have helped author, implement, administer and enforce laws that currently govern a particular industry.

The Group is chaired by Lionel Iruk, a nationally-recognized authority in International regulatory compliance.
The Government Practice Group in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency is comprised of team members from the firm’s Regulatory, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Tax, Immigration, Compliance, and Licensing practice groups. Our team is chosen for their ability to advise and represent various participants in the global Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, industry, from governments to investors, developers, owners, operators, manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors of goods and services.

Our Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Government Practice Group is supported by a well-established, global team of experts across the entire range of digital currencies including company formation and financing, public securities laws, FinCEN, Broker-Dealer, and state regulations, intellectual property, fund formation, government investigations and enforcement, token fundraising, and other alternative securities.

Clients

Our Government Practice Team advises clients on fund formation for the crypto-focused venture, private equity, and hedge funds, and for funds investing in cryptocurrencies and token sales. We are advising about digital currency exchanges on state and FinCEN registrations. Also, advising clients on matters involving Bitcoin ATMs and venture capital firms in a Series A investment in a bitcoin wallet company. We are giving the advice to venture capital firms in seed investment in an international money transfer company that uses Bitcoin and mobile wallets for receiving remittances from abroad. We work with clients who apply blockchain technology in fields such as global payments and supply chain and focus exclusively on cryptocurrency investments.

Our Expertise

  • Government-Backed Digital Currency Blockchains and Stable-coins
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Compliance
  • Corporate/commercial agreements
  • Cryptocurrencies/digital currencies
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Fund formation
  • Go-public transactions
  • Initial coin offerings (ICOs)
  • Joint ventures
  • Regulatory

We also serve as regulatory counsel for funds and engage with regulators such as the CFTC, the SEC, and the IRS as applicable. We also counsel on the use of Bitcoin and other virtual and cryptocurrencies, with special emphasis on emerging laws, conflicting federal and state tax treatments, and compliance with federal and state licensing and registration requirements, as well as anti-money laundering laws.

Obtaining a cryptocurrency exchange license

Maintaining Compliance with Regulations

Empire Global Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Practice Group advises on a wide range of legal issues relating to cryptocurrencies, blockchain-enabled capital raising, and the broad deployment of blockchain technology. The regulatory and tax treatment of crypto-assets is evolving, and we leverage our extensive network of industry experts, participation in industry associations, and positive working relationships with governmental authorities to guide clients on how to create, trade, hold and manage crypto-assets in a manner that aligns with applicable law and current regulatory interpretations. From employment contracts to private placement memorandums, our Team of experts will make sure that the project has all of the documentation it needs to be legal, credible, and attractive to potential investors.

Full-Service Capabilities

Our Company provides strategic compliance advice to help companies stay out of trouble, and aggressive defense, and effective government engagement when problems arise. We are experts in all kinds of cryptocurrency litigation including arbitration, breach of contract suits, business and investment fraud cases, and more. Our extensive experience helps clients find solutions in a complex and ever-changing regulatory landscape.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Trademark & Copyright Litigation

Trademarks and copyrights are extremely valuable assets for companies. A trademark can be the primary identity for any product which provides it a higher value in the market. Copyright, on the other hand, is associated with literature, music, photographs and determines the right to use and broadcast them.
As these assets are extremely valuable for accompanying, so companies take all possible steps to bring unauthorized users to the courts, primarily to claim compensation for unauthorized usage and to seek to cease and desist orders.
Trademark Litigation: Trademark Litigation is undertaken against trade dress, dilution, unfair competition, false advertising, false endorsement, domain name, gray market, and counterfeit activities. The primary aim is to protect the exclusivity of the trademark and ensure that the goodwill it bears is maintained. Certain trademark claims are also made before the Trademark and Trial Appeal Board (TTAB).
Copyright Litigation: Copyright Litigation is undertaken when a copyrighted product is used in an unauthorized manner. This can be the illegal broadcast of music or the illegal printing of books. Other serious acts include movie and music piracy. Copyright litigation tries to ensure that the genuine right holders have the exclusive rights to monetize the product.

Lastly, the Empire on behalf of its clients can also act in anti-piracy investigations and ensure that there are no continuing violations and can coordinate with law enforcement agencies to bring them to book.

Trademark, Copyright, Media & Brand Protection

The importance of Trademarks and Copyright protection for a company cannot be emphasized enough. But, in modern times, for any company, there is a need to continuously renew and update their products, which means that new Trademarks have to be registered and protected continuously. This is also true for other IP’s such as designs and patents.

Keeping the needs of businesses in mind, we provide the following range of services:

  • Registration and Renewal of trademarks domestically and in foreign jurisdictions as per requirement
  • Making necessary submissions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board against any opposition and making appeals if necessary
  • Defending Trademarks through enforcement proceedings against violators worldwide
  • Providing information on means to protect copyrights and how they can be enforced
  • Internet domain protection from squatting
  • Protecting copyrighted content on the internet
  • Preparing internal company policies against possible violations and steps to be taken in case of information about violations
  • Preparation of licensing agreements for copyrights and trademarks
  • Filing of suits and claims in courts against any IPR violation

Empire understands that your IPR is of immense value to your company and we can form comprehensive strategies to ensure that it is protected from any infringement. The plans can be customized according to the individual needs of your company

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

Antitrust & Unfair Competition Litigation

Anti Trust and Unfair Competition Litigation typically involve significant sums and can have a profound impact on any company.

A very specialized subject, Anti Trust Practice is one of the most important practice areas for Empire. Typically antitrust disputes may involve Private Anti Trust complaints or Federal Investigations into anti-competitive practices.
The consequences for the disputes are huge and may involve damages claims, civil or criminal fines, and penalties, consent decrees, and even a change in business models and business agreements. These decisions may have a significant impact on your business with long term financial damages.
On the other hand, you may also need to be involved in this file due to potentially anti-competitive practices of your competing business which may hurt your business. This situation requires close cooperation with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to ensure that the facts submitted by you are evaluated in detail.
A significant part of this subject also involves ensuring that your business practices comply with competition law provisions and you do not fall foul of any potential litigation. Regular evaluation of your compliance can ensure that you are not dragged into potentially expensive litigation and investigation.
Empire can provide you with specialized guidance to ensure that your business complies with Anti-Trust provisions and also in situations of competition law litigation.

Arbitration

Although Arbitration has existed as a mode of dispute resolution for a few hundred years now, it has emerged as the most preferred means of business dispute resolution in the last few decades owing to its simplicity, transparency, and low costs. The signing and subsequent ratification of the New York Convention have also promoted the growth of Arbitration as it is now easier to design agreements with arbitration clauses and ensure that those clauses are recognized by the courts.
Arbitration at present times consists of Domestic Arbitration and International Arbitration.
Domestic Arbitration refers to a situation when the parties to the arbitration are both from within the country. International arbitration, on the other hand, involves parties from different countries and in some special situations even two different states.
We at Empire advise our clients on the incorporation of the most suitable arbitration clause in their agreements depending on the type of agreement and the parties involved. This is essential to ensure that in case of any need for arbitration it can be undertaken without any hassles.
Further, in case of any arbitration disputes which may involve our clients as applicants or respondents, we can provide assistance throughout the process from preparing the initial briefs to the enforcement of the awards. We can provide our assistance in both domestic and international arbitration scenarios keeping in mind the varied nature of the dispute resolution process in both situations.

We understand that arbitration may involve large stakes for your company and we request you to get in touch for evaluation and advice on your situation.

Class Action Defense

Class Action Litigation are among the strongest legal challenges for any company due to the sheer quantum of damage which such litigation may have on the finances of a company. In the case of major companies, the quantum of settlements may approach millions of dollars, depending on the seriousness of the breach and the number of potential claimants.

Our class action defense action focuses on the following areas

  • Anti Trust Class Action disputes
  • Consumer Protection Class Action Suits
  • Securities Class Action Suits
  • Trade Union and Employment Class Union suits

All of the above-mentioned forms of disputes may involve multiple types of claims merged into a single suite for a maximum possible compensation claim. The disputes may either be aggressively defended or a settlement may be sought depending on the scenario.
Under most circumstances, a long-running class-action dispute may have a large impact on the finances of a company and we at Empire believe in assisting our clients in taking the most cost-effective approach to solving the dispute. This may involve mediation and out of court settlements.
We understand that class action suits need to be resolved at the earliest possible opportunity and we request you to get in touch immediately to better understand your situation.

E-Discovery Services & Strategy

Electronic discovery is one of the latest developments in the field of legal procedures. This development has been possible due to the emergence of computers and the internet and the possibility of data sharing in the electronic (virtual) medium. E-Discovery refers to the process of ‘discovery procedure’ taking place through the exchange of documents through electronic platforms and then ultimately the selection of the documents required through software platforms.

The E-discovery procedure is undertaken through various steps

  • Identification of the documents for further analysis and review
  • Preservation of the documents through the legal hold
  • Collection of the relevant data by the legal counsels after placing on legal hold
  • Processing of the data through placing in specialized software to select data and redact files if necessary and also extract possible metadata
  • Review of the data and also possibly extraction of relevant documents
  • Production, which means the transfer of the documents to the opposing counsel

The process of e-discovery can involve large costs for the corporations owning to a large number of documents and the time required for the processing of the documents. We at Empire have a well-defined strategy to ensure that your e-discovery needs are fulfilled at the lowest cost.
We believe that the use of modern practices for e-discovery can result in substantial cost and risk reduction. Further, we have contacts with specialized vendors and also internal experts who can simplify and customize the process for every client. We also believe that quality is of paramount importance and we try to ensure high standards of quality of work, no matter whatever is the quantum of work.
As a highly specialized procedure, we encourage you to contact us at the earliest to enable us to build a structured procedure specifically for your needs. We can also undertake corporate due diligence and internal audits if required by the company.

Government Contracts

The Government is amongst the biggest customers for many companies and Government contracts are an unignorable part of their business equations. A large number of companies are dependent as indirect suppliers to these corporations who ultimately supply to the Government.

Although the Government contracts are large and significant, they come with come some inherent conditions, the most significant of which are

  • Procurement Rules
  • Bidding and Tendering Procedures
  • Pre-Qualification Procedures
  • Export Control Rules
  • Specialized contracts and secrecy agreements
  • Sourcing requirements

The Government contracts through their specialized needs cover a large number of subjects including Taxation Laws, Mergers & Acquisition, Privacy & Data Security, Political Law, and Intellectual Property to name a few.
Keeping in view the unique nature of Government Contracts, we at Empire have built a dedicated team that possesses updated knowledge of these subjects and their importance in Government contracts. We can also help companies in complying with Pre-Qualification requirements to be able to apply for Government contracts.
We encourage companies to contact us about their Government Contract issues to enable us to build customized plans.

 

Insurance Recovery

Keeping valid insurance is an integral part of all major businesses. The insurance coverage for a business can cover all major issues ranging from damages caused due to fire or natural disasters to possible loss of production or profits from unforeseen events. Normally, modern businesses have comprehensive coverage which covers all possible losses from natural calamities to unforeseen expropriation of investments.
The problems arise when the insurer refuses to pay the claimed amount of damages. Normally cited reasons for not honoring claims include non-coverage of the damages or that the quantum of damages claimed is not reasonable.
Empire can assist companies in such situations by taking up their cases before the companies and going in for negotiations to settle the disagreement. In case this does not lead to a mutual agreement, we can assist the parties to go in for court proceedings to claim their damages.
We can also advise our clients on the legal issues related to procuring insurance and maintaining them invalid standing for the protection of their businesses.

As the issues related to insurance coverage and claims involve a lot of specific situation based circumstances, we encourage you to contact our team at the earliest.

Product Liability

Among the biggest concerns for manufacturers across the globe are potential claims arising from the failure of their products or their noncompliance with standards. Product liability claims can have major repercussions for businesses with large amounts of possible claims for refunds and product replacements. Additional claims may also arise from the losses which can be caused to potential customers from the use of the given product.
The purview of product liability claims go beyond the mere refunds or replacements to customers and can extend to possible class action claims. In addition to this, there might be possible claims of violations by the regulators of the given product giving rise to fines and sanctions.
For large companies with popular products, the product liability claims may extend to millions of dollars which can severely impact the finances of the company. More concerning here is the fact that the potential loss of brand value and investor faith can be immense even from a single major product liability claim.

We at Empire understand the serious nature of product liability claims and assist you to strongly defend such claims. We can also assist in arguing against the declaration of such claims as class action disputes. The exact nature of the response has to be determined by our team on a case to case basis.

Securities Litigation

Securities-related litigation is a matter of grave importance to any company as it raises questions on the investment management policies of a company. A large number of such disputes can result in distrust among the investors about the functioning of the company and its duties towards its investors. They might also lead to future investor board conflicts.
We at Empire understand the extremely grave nature of these disputes and assist in both prevention and litigation in these disputes. Of particular concern is a Class Action suit arising from alleged Securities Fraud by the company. Such suits can severely tarnish the image of the company among possible investors and may invite possible regulatory action as well.
We at Empire can assist your company in ensuring a proper Corporate Governance structure and prevent possible conflicts among investors and the company. We can also assist in cases of SEC, FTC or FINRA investigations into the functioning of companies. On the other hand, we can also provide you detailed guidance on how to avoid possible violations such as internal trading, irregular issuance of securities, etc.
Securities Litigation can cause long term damage to the image of your company and may also impair its functioning. Through our well experienced and dedicated securities team, we can help you prevent possible situations of such violations and can also help you tackle the outcome of any situation which has already occurred.

Home Health Sales

Home Health Sales & Brokerage

Valuation

Valuation of a business is an extremely important activity in the situation of mergers and acquisitions. It is an extremely critical activity requiring in-depth knowledge of the goodwill enjoyed by the business and also of the physical property attached to the business. In the case of a running business, it may also involve the brand value of the business and also information about the existing incomes and profits of the business.
We at Empire can provide you with an accurate evaluation of the value of your home health business by looking through existing data such as cash flows, area of operation, duration of the operation and the value of the property owned by the business. Other areas such as the availability of permits and a dedicated customer base and brand name can also make a significant difference in valuation.

We can also provide similar services for prospective buyers who want to have a realistic picture of the value of the business before actually undertaking the transaction. Our well-experienced team which tracks information about past sales of similar businesses and has evaluated several mergers and acquisitions can be of immense assistance in this regard.
For any prospective buyer or seller, Empire should be the first step for understanding the true value of the business which they seek to buy/ sell. This can help make a more realistic assessment of your business decisions and would prevent future disappointments.

Business Sales Timelines

Although it is extremely difficult to predict the exact duration of a transaction, the rough timeline for the actual transfer of a home health business can be as follows:
Initial Stage of the Transaction
Evaluation of the Business Fundamentals 1-2 weeks
Determination of Valuation & Pricing 1-2 weeks
Development of the Marketing strategy 1-2 weeks
Developing the marketing materials and documents 1-2 weeks

Discussion stage

Agreements for confidentiality with buyers 1-2 weeks
Business Evaluation and visits by buyers 4-6 weeks
Receiving offers and LOI’s from buyers 4-6 weeks

Final Transaction Stage
Due Diligence procedure 4-8 weeks
Final Agreement Drafting and signing 2-4 weeks

Buyer Services

We understand that purchasing a Home Health Service can be a major investment decision and as such, we provide a complete range of services for buyers to enable them to make the best decisions. We have a long experience in the evaluation of businesses and their true value.

We provide help right from the first step of the identification of possible assets for purchase.

We then help you with the basic information about the property. In case, it fulfills the basic requirements, we can assist in signing the agreements for negotiations and confidentiality agreements. Then we can make arrangements for due diligence of the properties after collection of necessary documents from the sellers.
At the final stage, we can aid in the final price negotiations and in drafting the transfer timelines and schedules. We can then assist in the transfer of the assets and in the initial transition period of the management.
We can also undertake any other activities required by potential buyers for finding the right property.

Introduction for Sellers

We at Empire understand that finding a serious buyer who can go through with a transaction is a challenge. Many buyers who show interest at the initial stage eventually drop off at later stages owing to that they do not have a firm decision for investment.
This situation can put sellers at a severe disadvantage because, under any circumstances, the parties sign confidentiality and exclusive negotiation agreements. A delayed sale may also mean a possible reduction in value.
Keeping in mind all these circumstances, we at Empire offer a range of buyer introduction services wherein we connect you with potential serious buyers who would be interested in the property of your description.

At the later stages, we can also assist in the preparation of the negotiated agreements and the final agreements for the transfer of the business.

Introduction for Sellers
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